"I had not earned so much as a threepenny-bit"
1936 threepenny bit
Creative Commons Attribution1936 threepenny bit - Credit: Mrs Logic, Flickr
1943 threepenny bit
Public Domain1943 threepenny bit - Credit: Welkinridge, Wikimedia Commons

The threepence, generally known as the threepenny (pronounced thrupenny) bit, was a British coin.

It was first produced in the 16th Century and continued to be minted until the decimalisation of the currency in 1971.

Originally a small, slim, silver coin, from the reign of Edward Vlll onwards it was a chunkier, twelve-sided coin made from a mixture of brass and nickel.